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Posted Aug 14, 2012 1:08 UTC (Tue) by mikov (subscriber, #33179)
Posted Aug 14, 2012 3:20 UTC (Tue) by daglwn (subscriber, #65432)
Wikipedia: "In physics, a phonon is a collective excitation in a periodic, elastic arrangement of atoms or molecules in condensed matter, such as solids and some liquids."
Unless there is some other audio-related meaning to "phonon" that is more specialized, I don't see how it fits.
And even if there *is* such a meaning, it is certainly isn't the first thing one thinks about when encountering the word.
Posted Aug 14, 2012 3:43 UTC (Tue) by sfeam (subscriber, #2841)
Closer to on-topic. Is "TizMee" to be pronounced tease me or 'tis me?
Posted Aug 14, 2012 4:06 UTC (Tue) by mikov (subscriber, #33179)
That certainly is the first meaning that comes to my mind. I wasn't even aware of the physical meaning, and neither are most people, I am sure.
How about Git as an example of a bad name that is also very good :-)
Posted Aug 14, 2012 7:51 UTC (Tue) by renox (subscriber, #23785)
So phonon is related to sound, which makes it an "on topic" name, its mains drawback is that not a lot of people know what is a phonon (as you've shown).
Posted Aug 14, 2012 14:39 UTC (Tue) by daglwn (subscriber, #65432)
Posted Aug 15, 2012 1:49 UTC (Wed) by mathstuf (subscriber, #69389)
Posted Aug 14, 2012 2:02 UTC (Tue) by Kit (guest, #55925)
Linux is just a totally made up name, that's only mildly similar to 'unix' (which even fewer people likely know these days). Nobody's going to be able to guess what Linux is just by the name.
Clang is DEFINITELY not obvious at all. I only JUST NOW realized that 'Clang' could be read as a combination of 'C' and 'lang' (and I've used it as a compiler/analyzer a fair bit!). Maybe the people that run the project pronounce it as 'c-lang', but I doubt most people would read it that way.
On the other hand, most people would likely guess that Phonon has /something/ to do with audio, even if they aren't familiar with the word 'Phonon' itself. People might not guess that 'Amarok' is a music player, but the 'rok' at the end of the name is something they'd likely be able to use to help them remember what it is.
(Personally, I also don't like the name 'Libre Office' either, simply because saying it feels like the vocal equivalent of banging the keyboard randomly)
As sorpigal (and others) have said, I'd disagree that a name must instantly say what the software's function is. It can work, as long as you're consistent with the pattern (Apple having done a fairly good job with i<Word>, although they also have <Word>
Posted Aug 14, 2012 3:25 UTC (Tue) by daglwn (subscriber, #65432)
"Linux" is an obvious play on "Unix" to those familiar with the field.
I'll grant that "Clang" is a bit of a stretch but it is easy to remember upon understanding "C lang(uage)."
"Libre Office" works better in some languages than others but the fact is that "Open Office" (another good name) was already taken.
I understand the whole Google/Search branding argument but again that is largely a function of marketing and Free Software doesn't have enough of that. We have to have good naming.
I'm much less concerned about naming components like "Clang" than I am with user-visible tool names. Some of my own projects have terrible names but at least they're libraries. :)
Posted Aug 14, 2012 5:38 UTC (Tue) by Cyberax (✭ supporter ✭, #52523)
Posted Aug 29, 2012 13:06 UTC (Wed) by philomath (guest, #84172)
Posted Aug 15, 2012 2:07 UTC (Wed) by mathstuf (subscriber, #69389)
Posted Aug 15, 2012 11:55 UTC (Wed) by pboddie (subscriber, #50784)
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